Email privacy concerns seem to be high on the political agenda in South Africa. The Congress of the People (COPE) is a South African political party formed in 2008 by former members of the African National Congress (ANC). Accusations of spying and computer hacking are rife within the parliamentary ranks of COPE as details of personal emails bad-mouthing the leadership of party president Mosiuoa Lekota surfaced this week.
This comes as Lekota is gearing up for a battle with his deputy, Mbhazima Shilowa, for the leadership of the party, which is to be decided at an elective conference at the end of the month.
On Wednesday COPE’s whip for administration in Parliament, Lolo Mashiane, refused to comment about how a personal email in which she insulted Lekota came to be made public.
She was forced to apologise to COPE’s parliamentary leader, Mvume Dandala, after copies of this email were leaked to newspapers.